When I was in school I went out with a boy who was into his meditation. He seemed to believe that you can have out-of-body experiences through meditation. Being a teenager, I thought he was talking a load of rubbish. I never took meditation seriously and I certainly did not believe in out-of-body experiences (and still do not) 🙂 Nevertheless, he convinced me to try the meditation disk. I remember it to this day. It was one of those where you lie down flat (well most meditation is like that isn’t it) and some deep mysterious voice talks to you in a calming way, getting you to imagine the scene. This one was walking down a passage, down some steep, dark stairs to a red door, opening the door and entering a lovely spring garden on the other side. The main focus of the garden was a cherry blossom tree in full bloom. Now what I don’t remember is the point of that particular meditation. Maybe I was too nervous, considering I was with my boyfriend at the time, but whatever it was supposed to do for me, I don’t think it did. And I broke up with the guy a couple of weeks later!
I never thought about meditation again until I started studying for my degree. I did my degree correspondence. It was hard work and when I was into my second year of studies, my husband (still boyfriend back then :)) was given a disk by a friend at work after telling him how difficult I was finding the correspondence workload. So I started using The Memory disks. It was probably the best thing I ever did! My concentration levels shot through the roof and my marks followed suite. This memory disk consisted of a number of concentration enhancing songs (classical music) and a relaxation technique which always helped me unwind after a session of studying (although I believe a glass of wine has the same effect 🙂 ). The relaxation technique was (as it always appears to be) a deep, coaxing voice telling a story. But this one really worked for me. And it worked so well that I would fall asleep every single time! Of course it only allowed for a thirty minute nap but so powerful was the nap that I would wake up feeling fully refreshed and invigorated and ready for another few hours of studying. This disk was particularly useful toward the end of my studies when I was pregnant with my daughter and mushy baby brain tends to set in long before baby is actually born. The disks were fantastic!
Once my studies were completed I put the disks away and basically forgot about them, until quite recently. I have been having some difficulty in motivating myself lately. I blame it on my bad allergies which drain the very life out of me. I have been in desperate need of some inspiration. A friend reminded me of the meditation disks when I was chatting to her about my total apathy of late. When we moved to the UK I left the disks with my folks, along with a million other really useful (or not) things. Now I still plan on asking them about the disks at some point but decided I need to fix my problem rather sooner than whenever the next time is that they are able to visit 😀
I found some disks by a person called Kelly Howell. There are loads of her meditation guides on YouTube if you do a search. I have only just started using them so cannot as say if they work but if they are anything like my old ones, I will be pleased to have them. I am actually listening to one now as I type this called Creativity and I have managed to type this without pause so maybe its good for something 🙂 I also put on a sleep one for my daughter who sometimes struggles to relax before bed and she was asleep within minutes…maybe it’s just a coincidence but I really hope it isn’t and am certainly looking forward to using these some more!
Have you ever tried meditation for any reason? Did it work? What do you think of it?
Let me know in the comments 🙂
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